Monday, August 30, 2021

Downtown Austin Community Court Reopens in One Texas Center

Downtown Austin Community Court (DACC) operations reopens today in One Texas Center (OTC), 505 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78704. 

DACC's mission is to administer justice equitably and compassionately to foster trust and accountability, and to utilize a client-centered and housing-focused intensive case management model to help individuals experiencing homelessness achieve long-term stability. DACC also provides voluntary walk-in services connecting individuals to basic needs such as referrals to social services, enrolling in public benefits, obtaining identification documents, and accessing more community-based resources.

"We are grateful for the opportunity to continue providing essential services to the community," said Peter Valdez, Director of Downtown Austin Community Court. 

OTC is a City-owned building located in the downtown area along multiple bus routes.  It houses six City departments and as many as 1,000 employees. After reviewing the limited available City-owned spaces, staff determined that OTC is best suited to accommodate DACC's operational needs with minimal renovations and cost.  

OTC will serve as an interim location for approximately two years while DACC's long-term location is identified and prepared. The long-term location for DACC is expected to be announced this fall.

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